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Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.

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A note about links

Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.


Alom Shaha on why non-belief needs diversity *

Apr 10th, 2014 | Filed by

Encountering diversity can help us realise the possibility of being someone new, someone different, someone better.… Read the rest



Boston Globe reviews Plato at the Googleplex *

Mar 15th, 2014 | Filed by

Goldstein’s ventriloquism allows Plato to serve as a foil for the preoccupations of the 21st century.… Read the rest



Slate reviews Plato at the Googleplex *

Mar 15th, 2014 | Filed by

“Plato on Cable News” has him exchanging blows with a bloviating Bill O’Reilly clone named Roy McCoy.… Read the rest



Martin Robbins on the return of Bora Zivkovic *

Jan 4th, 2014 | Filed by

‘Not sexually harassing women’ is not optional; it’s not a ‘bonus extra’ in the job description.… Read the rest



Universities UK withdraws advice on gender segregation *

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed by

UUK has withdrawn guidance on the gender segregation of audiences in lectures and debates after the prime minister said it should not be allowed to happen.… Read the rest



Martin Pribble on leaving the online atheist “community” *

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed by

The times of satisfaction are outweighed by feelings of frustration and hopelessness.… Read the rest



Turkey sentences atheist blogger to jail *

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed by

Sevan Nisanyan accused a Turkish court of issuing a “politically-motivated” verdict after it sentenced him to jail on charges of illegal construction.… Read the rest



The Homeschool Apostates *

Dec 5th, 2013 | Filed by

They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America, but now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.… Read the rest



Sara Khan on gender segregation and inequality *

Nov 25th, 2013 | Filed by

Segregation perpetuates discriminatory social norms and practices, shaping male attitudes about women and restricting the decisions and choices of women.… Read the rest



John Hawks on the new skull from Dmanisi *

Oct 19th, 2013 | Filed by

The essential claim: the shape variation among these four Dmanisi crania is approximately the same as the shape variation among all East African early Homo.… Read the rest



In Theresa May’s surreal world, feelings trump facts *

Oct 16th, 2013 | Filed by

When the European Commission asked Britain for proof that sly continentals were sneaking into our hospital beds, Whitehall replied that its demand for hard facts was an affront.… Read the rest



Ofsted report on Al-Madinah school in Derby

Oct 16th, 2013 | Filed by

Inadequate in all categories.… Read the rest



Udo Schuklenk responds to some myths about atheism *

Oct 13th, 2013 | Filed by

The probabilities are vanishingly low for the God proposition.… Read the rest



Family driven out of town after daughter is raped *

Oct 13th, 2013 | Filed by

Not in Afghanistan or Somalia, but Missouri.… Read the rest



Disney animator says it’s so hard to animate women *

Oct 9th, 2013 | Filed by

Why? “Because they have to go through these range of emotions, but you have to keep them pretty.”… Read the rest



Ally Fogg on Jesus & Mo and LSE *

Oct 8th, 2013 | Filed by

Jesus and Mo is anti-religious satire at its best, invariably humane, intelligent, and often very funny.… Read the rest



AHS statement on LSE incident *

Oct 8th, 2013 | Filed by

The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies strongly condemns the actions of the LSESU.… Read the rest



Independent on Jesus&Mo and LSE Student Union *

Oct 8th, 2013 | Filed by

Includes an example of the cartoon – the one where Jesus says “Hi I’m Jesus.” Daring.… Read the rest



How bishops pushed for a shutdown over birth control *

Oct 8th, 2013 | Filed by

No cardinal was ever made to interrupt his education for an unplanned pregnancy; no bishop ever endured the pain, blood, and terror of a life-threatening labor.… Read the rest



Elizabeth Smart on her nine months of hell *

Oct 8th, 2013 | Filed by

Smart says Mitchell believed that anything in the world was his for the taking, and that he was a man who never cared for anyone even as he ranted about God.… Read the rest